ACTion Alexandria Blog

Couch to community impact? Five reasons to register for a race this fall.

Get ready for the season of pumpkins, Halloween decorations, turkey and...5K races! Whether you're a serious runner, a not-so serious runner, or just want a fun, less time consuming way to make an impact in your community, fall weekends in Alexandria are packed with road races that benefit nonprofits supporting a range of causes. 

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods 10k, 5k, Exercise, family, food, music, nonprofits, party, races

Stories of Impact: SCAN Builds Connections for Kids

On April 9th during Spring2Action — one day of incredible giving in Alexandria — hundreds of local nonprofits raised an unprecedented $1,000,000+ in 24 hours. SCAN was thrilled to be a part of the day, surpassing its own goal of $10,000 thanks to the generosity of more than 80 donors.

Education, Health Kids Need Connections, SCAN, spring2action

Stories of Impact: Urban Alliance in (Spring2)ACTion

Urban Alliance in (Spring2)ACTion

By Alessandra Colia and Kyle Storms

What a difference a year makes! Urban Alliance, a youth development organization that empowers under-resourced youth through paid internships, kicked off its first year serving Northern Virginia high school seniors in the fall of 2013.

Education interns, spring2action, Urban Alliance, workforce development, youth development

Gearing Up for School: Alexandria School Supply Drive

From rulers to spiral notebooks to backpacks and new clothes, it takes a lot to equip kids for school. With the Virginia Tax Holiday on school supplies from August 1 to August 3, it's an opportune time to not only pick up supplies for your family but also to grab some extra pencils and crayons for students whose families are unable to afford the long list of needed items for the upcoming school year.  

Education alexandria city public schools, Back to School Supplies, early care and education, FACE, students

Stories of Impact: Space of Her Own

Spring2ACTion in one word, is amazing. No, I take that back. It's inspiring. Thrilling. Motivational. Moving. Unique.

Where else will you find friends and strangers alike who rally together to support local organizations like our small, (but growing!) non-profit, Space of Her Own (SOHO)? 

Education Alexandria, arts, mentoring, space of her own, spring2action

Clean Your Closet: Professional Clothes Needed for Urban Alliance Interns

High school seniors participating in Urban Alliance's summer internship program are in urgent need of professional clothing. Urban Alliance has helped over 10,000 youth to date graduate from high school, gain work experience, and start college. The students' experiences in professional settings are a critical part of their success.

Education internships, professional clothing, Urban Alliance

Congratulations Green Idea Challenge Winners!

From April-May, ACTion asked you for your best ideas for making Alexandria an even greener, more sustainable place to live. You rose to the challenge and submitted 17 amazing ideas. Thank you for your creativity and innovation! 

Environment art, Dominion Foundation, environment, green ideas, recycling, trees, wetland

Project Play launches Alexandria Plays! A new playground mapping website for Alexandria...

      Play where? Play how? Play NOW! Project Play has launched a mobile-friendly website to help parents and caregivers find places for young children to play in and around Alexandria.

Education, Neighborhoods Alexandria, Code for Ameria, family, mapping, playgrounds, project play

Stories of Impact: Friends of Alexandria Archaeology

Friends of Alexandria Archaeology is a non-profit associated with Alexandria Archaeology. We are an all-volunteer organization that began in 1986. Our mission is to develop a common movement for the appreciation and conservation of Alexandria Archaeology and its place in the continuity of human experience. 

Arts & Culture, Neighborhoods Alexandria, Archaeology, city of alexandria, family, History, Museum

Animeals: Delivering Pet Food to Senior Pet Owners


Senior Services of Alexandria is partnering with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria on a new program called “Animeals on Wheels” pet food delivery to senior pet owners in the City of Alexandria. 

Food & Shelter, Health animal welfare league of alexandria, Animeals, donations, pets, senior services of alexandria, volunteer